Tallest Buildings in Los Angeles County

The Wilshire Grand Center in Downtown Los Angeles - Tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

The new $1 billion Wilshire Grand Center, to open in Los Angeles in 2017, will move ahead of the U.S. Bank Tower to become the tallest structure in Los Angeles and, for that matter, will be the tallest west of the Mississippi River and ninth tallest in the nation. The building will stand at 1,099 feet with 73 floors (the U.S. Bank Tower, also with 73 floors, stands at 1,018 feet). The building project was first conceived as two towers, but that idea was dropped in 2012. Among other tenants, the Wilshire Grand Center will house the 900-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel. The building is owned by Korean Air. The building was designed by the architectural firm AC Martin, which designed Los Angeles City Hall in 1928. It is built upon the site of the former Wilshire Grand Hotel (first opened as the Hotel Statler in 1952). The original structure was deconstructed in 2012 to clear the site for the new project. Many of the steel and concrete materials from the original structure were recycled into the new building. The building is designed to withstand an earthquake up to about a magnitude 7.4 and even if, in a worst-case scenario, high-speed Santa Ana winds were slamming into the building at exactly the same time. Construction of the building included, in 2014, the world’s record for the largest continuous concrete pour. A total of 21,200 cubic yards of cement was poured into the foundation over 18 hours, delivered by 208 individual trucks. The concrete foundation, 17.5-feet thick and 80 feet below street level, ended up with 82 million pounds of concrete.


Also see Tallest Buildings by Los Angeles County City/Community

Building City/Community Height (feet) Floors Year
Wilshire Grand Center 1 Los Angeles - Central City 1,099 73 2017
U.S. Bank Tower Los Angeles - Central City 1,018 73 1989
Aon Center Los Angeles - Central City 858 62 1973
Two California Plaza Los Angeles - Central City 750 52 1992
Gas Company Tower Los Angeles - Central City 749 52 1991
Bank of America Plaza Los Angeles - Central City 735 55 1974
777 Tower Los Angeles - Central City 725 52 1991
Wells Fargo Tower Los Angeles - Central City 723 54 1983
Figueroa at Wilshire Los Angeles - Central City 717 53 1990
City National Tower Los Angeles - Central City 699 52 1972
Paul Hastings Tower Los Angeles - Central City 699 52 1972
Fig Central I 2 Los Angeles - Central City 677 49 2018
L.A. Live Hotel & Condominiums Los Angeles - Central City 667 54 2010
Metropolis Residential Tower III 2 Los Angeles - Central City 647 54 2020
Building City/Community Height (feet) Floors Year
820 Olive Street 1 Los Angeles - Central City 636 51 2018
Citigroup Center Los Angeles - Central City 625 48 1979
611 West 6th Street Los Angeles - Central City 620 42 1967
10000 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles - West Los Angeles, Century City, Rancho Park 596* 45 2010
One California Plaza Los Angeles - Central City 578 42 1985
Century Plaza Tower II Los Angeles - West Los Angeles, Century City, Rancho Park 571 44 1975
Century Plaza Tower I Los Angeles - West Los Angeles, Century City, Rancho Park 571 44 1975
KPMG Tower Los Angeles - Central City 560 45 1983
Ernst & Young Plaza Los Angeles - Central City 534 42 1985
Fig Central III 2 Los Angeles - Central City 530 40 2018
Fig Central II 2 Los Angeles - Central City 530 40 2018
865 South Figueroa Los Angeles - Central City 517 39 1990
Century City Mall Residential Tower 2 Los Angeles - West Los Angeles, Century City, Rancho Park 517* 39 2018
Union Bank Plaza Los Angeles - Central City 516 40 1968

* Approximate height
1) Under construction
2) Planned construction (approved)



Tallest Buildings Outside the City of Los Angeles

Also see Tallest Buildings by Los Angeles County City/Community

Building City Height (feet) Floors Year
The Tower Burbank 460 32 1988
One World Trade Center Long Beach 397 30 1989
Sierra Towers West Hollywood 395 32 1965
222 North Sepulveda Boulevard El Segundo 360 24 1984
West Ocean Condominiums I Long Beach 345 29 2007
Glendale Plaza Glendale 333 25 1999
Landmark Square Long Beach 312 24 1991
100 North Sepulveda Boulevard El Segundo 300 20 1981
200 North Sepulveda Boulevard El Segundo 300 20 1982
100 Wilshire Santa Monica 300 21 1971

Source: Emporis & special thanks to Marshall Gerometta's World's Tallest Buildings